From Yorkshire Mills to Savile Row tailors

Tailors with a trusted and extensive family history


William Crabtree & Sons is a venerable name in British Textile history.  Established in Yorkshire in 1835, the company is best known for the manufacture of fine wool and hair blankets and duffle cloths. 

In its manufacturing heyday, the company notably supplied the Hudson Bay blanket company and in 1851, exhibited at HRH Prince Albert’s "Works of Industry of all Nations Exhibition".

Having merged with another Yorkshire mill in the 1970s, the William Crabtree name passed out of the family’s ownership, but was re-acquired recently. 

William Crabtree & Sons in 2018: James Priestley, Director

James Priestley, is the great, great, great Grandson of the founder of the company.  He has lived and worked within the textile industry all of his life, from visiting the family mill with his father as a small boy, through his textiles education at Leeds University and with the Savile Row Bespoke Association at Newham College, to his early career in Yorkshire mills. 


In recent years James has worked with some of the most famous Jermyn Street and Saville Row tailors, as well as for a number of iconic British clothing manufacturers.

For William Crabtree & Sons, James distils his wealth of experience of the tailoring traditions of Europe and our authentic British textile mills into expertly crafted suits and garments fit for modern life.  


To discuss your tailoring requirements with James contact us at William Crabtree.


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